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    Hello, I recently acquired an ukulele that it shows has (some) concave frets. The fretboard is made of rosewood. Can you please tell why this happened?
    The former owner kept it hanging on the wall.
    Regards Henning

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    I don't even know you could make frets concave. Flat? Yes. Its not that unusual for someone to do a fret levelling job on an instrument but then not recrown the frets.

    Actually, on which frets exactly is the problem? Frets do wear down after hard use so instruments that get a lot of playing do need new frets from time to time.

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    Can you post a picture?

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    A picture would definitely help as it is hard to tell if you are talking about concave frets rather than crowned or that the fretboard is actually cupped, which is what I think you are talking about just because you mention the fretboard.

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    Fretboard seems flat. The frets are protruding in to the fretboard, if that eventually clears anything?
    What could that be a sign of?

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    It sounds like someone's whacked the frets in the middle - I'm hoping those with more experience will confirm / overrule me on that though.

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    Are they bar frets or T frets? If Bar frets it would explain why someone might try to drive a fret in rather than file it level. Side note you can level bar frets without filing by raising or lowering an individual fret, eliminating the need to recrown.
    You must remove the offending fret and make the proper depth adjustment of the slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spongeuke View Post
    Are they bar frets or T frets?
    Thanks for your replies.
    They are T frets. They should be able to sink back in to the slots again too, shouldn´t they?
    I think the explanation might be exposure to the various humidity over the year(s?) in a combination with perhaps not highest quality of fret work.
    I hope somebody with more experience than me will correct that if so necessary, please.

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    Can you post some pictures? When you mentioned "Concave" frets my fist thought is that the top edge of the frets has a channel it with two raised edges. THat's literally what concave means.

    Then I though you may mean the fretboard has a negative radius on it rather than being flat or have a positive radius OR maybe the frets aren't all sitting in the slots properly OR there may be some localised wear on a fret or two.

    TO help you we need you to clear up what you mean by concave frets. Its not making much sense to us.

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    Maybe the OP is talking about a 'scalloped fretboard' but does not know what that is?

    Does it look like these (where there is a rounded valley carved out between the frets)?



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